Braves quotes after Sunday’s win against Mets

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On using Kimbrel in 9th in tie game on road

“It was one of those situations in the ninth, Roger and I talked it over, they’ve got Davis and Duda coming up, and really you feel comfortable – it’s first time I’ve done it, bringing closer in a tie game on the road – but you feel with the way our pitching matched up later in the game, that that was the game right there. Now does it make my toes tingle doing that? I don’t know, doing that with your closer on the road. He’s pitched four out of five days, you don’t want to run him out there for two innings. But you know what? It worked out. You’ve got enough experience in the bullpen with Moylan and Durbin and that group of guys, that if we do get a lead they can do it.

“But I felt, talking to Roger, that facing the middle of the order in that inning, was important.”

On Hanson

“I thought he did fine. If we’re not playing September baseball you let him pitch through that sixth. But he did a nice job, he really did.”

On contributions from McCann and Uggla in series

“Mac had a great series. Danny had a great series – today he was all over the place defensively. He could have saved a run there, the first one off Tommy, the ball just kicked away. [Uggla] knocked it down like you’re supposed to do with two outs, and just kind of kicked it away a little bit too far and Murphy was able to come around and score.

“But I thought we played good baseball here. Two tough games. This one was a tough-played game that could have gone either way.”

On saying “never” before about bringing in closer in tie game on road

“The key word is ‘never.’ I got lambasted [for saying before that he could never do it]. There’s a lot of variables, for me, for bringing the closer in on the road [in that situation]. One is, how much work does he have going into the situation. Can you go two innings? Where does he fit in the lineup, in a National League game. If you can double-switch and be able to go two innings, multiple innings. And the back end of your bullpen. And where does the opposing lineup fall in the ninth inning. And today it fell where the big boys were coming up.”

Ever close to doing that before today?

“I think we were close a couple of times. I think we had him up one time earlier in the year and we were able to score a run, so it never materialized.”

**BRIAN McCANN

On using Kimbrel in tie game in the ninth

“After having Avilan go two innings yesterday, Kimbrel’s the guy to face the middle of the order. I think it was a great move. You know, it was something we haven’t done, but Kimbrel came in and pitched like he does every time out to put us in the 10th, and we throw some good at-bats on there.”’

On sweeping the series and getting big contributions from McCann and Uggla

“It’s something that we really haven’t done a whole lot this year, but we’re capable of doing a lot. If we get hot at the right time, this is going to be a scary team.”

What’s biggest factor for you, getting the shoulder better or getting the swing mechanics back?

“It’s a mixure of both. When it’s hurting, I cut my swing off and I’m not able to get through it. And when you swing like that for awhile, your muscle memory gets there. Then you take a shot and you’ve got to work through the kinks. Because for me I’ve been cutting my swing off for awhile, and the shot really helped me out, to stay through it. It’s the biggest thing.”

On Hanson

“He pitched great. It’s just one of those things, if it’s in April he probably gets into the seventh or eighth. But it’s late in the season, we’re going to play matchups. That’s kind of where he was at today.

“He bounced his [curveball] when he needed to, got ahead, pounded the zone with all four pitches. When Tommy does that, he wins ballgames.”

On Fredi using Kimbrel for a four-out save on Wednesday and in tie game on road, two things hasn’t done all season

“That’s our plan, we’re taking no game lightly, no lead lightly. We’re going to play this thing strong throughout the rest of the way and hopefully into the postseason and beyond that. Because we’re a really good team.”

**PETER MOYLAN

How’d it feel to be trusted in that situation?

“It’s a fantastic feeling, but it’s one thing to be trusted and another thing to go out there and do it. It was really good to be out there and get the job done.”

Come a long way in a couple of weeks

“You think? [laughter] From not being able to get guys out in Triple-A to back here in the big leagues, it’s been a fun journey. Let’s face it, the last six years have been a fun journey. This is just adding to it.”

On the 10th

“I was warming up, so whether we scored or not I was going in. You try not to prepare yourself any differently whether you’re up by one or it’s a tie game. You’ve still got to get out of there without giving up a run. It was a lot of fun.”

“When they said [Kimbrel] was in the game, everyone just thought, OK, cool. Shut those guys down. It was a smart move when you think about it. They’ve got their 3-4-5 hitters, or whatever it was, coming up. A lot of people say that sometimes the toughest inning to throw is the seventh or eighth inning because you’re coming up against their best. I thought it was a terrific move and it worked out well for me, too.”

**CHIPPER JONES

On his ninth-inning pinch-hit appearance

“I was just trying to get a good swing and hopefully get on base, and I did that. We put some pressure on them that inning, but he got a big strikeout to end that inning.”

On sweeping Mets and getting big contributions from McCann, Uggla

“Yeah, B-Mac and Uggs have struggled a lot of the year. I know they have some numbers, but they’ve been sporadic. And now that I’m scuffling a little bit, it’s important for somebody else to be stepping up. We all know B-Mac and Uggs can get the job done, and apparently they’re getting their swing back at a very good time.”

On taking out the lineup card

“Usually if we’ve lost two or three in a row, [Fredi Gonzalez] will come up to me and ask me to take the lineup card out. I’ve done it a handful of times this year. It seemed fitting today. Nice reception, especially right over the top of our dugout walking off the field. So that was nice.”

**TOMMY HANSON

On curveball working early

“All my offspeed pitches were feeling good. Kind of went with the curveball a little more today. It felt better, and they seemed to hit my slider a little bit better…. I thought that little groundball single that Murphy scored on, and the one to Wright was a pretty good pitch, too. I felt pretty good with everything. Just Murphy got me pretty good. He looked good at the plate. I thought they hit good pitches.”

On retiring first 10, four by strikeout

“I felt like my fastball command – I was putting it exactly where I wanted it. I threw a lot of strikes and didn’t throw a lot of pitches, then kind of got in trouble towards the end there. But I still feel like I made good pitches. Overall I’m happy with it.”

Good step forward?

“Yeah, I feel like that’s a big one. I’ve said this a million times, but my fastball command was right where it needs to be. When I have that everything else is going to follow suit. I felt really good.”

82 comments Add your comment

TexasRose

September 9th, 2012
5:40 pm

Mgr. Gonzalez seems to overlook the contributions of Martin Prado…it’s all McCann, Uggla and the starting pitcher. But who got on base to score the winning run? Martin Prado, that’s who. I think MVPrado is the team’s MVP this year!

FIRE FREDI GONZALEZ

September 9th, 2012
5:45 pm

Fredi made the right call. At least we didn’t lose the game like we did against Washington in extra innings with Kimbrel just sitting on his hands. He could have went 2 innings that game and we may have changed the entire division title race.

John in Wichita

September 9th, 2012
5:51 pm

I don’t think Fredi (or anyone for that matter) overlooks how valuable Prado has been for this team. Fredi is just responding to reporters’ questions. I think to a man, this team recognizes how big Prado has been playing 5 different positions (all in a week lately.) I’m still looking for a Bert Campaneris sort of game where he plays all 9.

McCmann_AquaHoss

September 9th, 2012
6:12 pm

Prado for Heisman

Ken Stallings

September 9th, 2012
6:13 pm

Well, I understand Fredi’s considerations now. I did work but to face David Wright with the ballgame on his bat against Moylan was a bit nerve wracking.

Braves have won 5 straight and in sweeping the Mets cooled off a team that had been on an upswing, including winning against the Nationals.

Lowcountry Brave

September 9th, 2012
6:17 pm

DOB selected a handful of quotes from Fredi. I suspect there were about 50 other ones he could have included, some of which addressed Prado’s contribution. Either way, I doubt Fredi has forgotten how valuable Prado is to the team.

JHarber

September 9th, 2012
6:21 pm

Is it just me or has Fredi started managing these last 8-10 games?

Quack Quack

September 9th, 2012
6:21 pm

Great game Bravos!! Lets get this thing rolling

I can see the Gnats fall apart right now. We need to take advantage.

GO BRAVES!!! FW…..Give Prado a raise!!

Strikeoutlookin

September 9th, 2012
6:25 pm

I think the only people who overlook MVPrado are people who don’t follow the Braves on a day to day basis.. Anyone who does knows he has been the best player on this team for the past 3 years.. minus the time he spent dealing w/that staph infection last year.

BravesFanInBama

September 9th, 2012
6:29 pm

Has Overbay touched a ball while at the plate yet?

Molly Moe

September 9th, 2012
6:43 pm

@JHarber and Quack Ouack Did you get my message about Amber Girl?

JHarber

September 9th, 2012
6:46 pm

JoshTown

September 9th, 2012
6:47 pm

Great win, great sweep. More solid pitching. Bats are figuring it out. All positives over the last dew days. Gotta feel good on the plane ride up. Go Braves!

Molly Moe

September 9th, 2012
6:55 pm

JHarber I am Amber Girl mother. There was some bad comments made about her last nite. Some people feel that she is fake. This really upset her and made her cry. So her and I decided that she would not be back. We do want to thank you,Quack,Quack,and Brandon for being her friend. You brightened her day. I am sorry about this,but I cannot stand to see her upset right now Thanks again.

Quack Quack

September 9th, 2012
6:56 pm

Quack Quack

September 9th, 2012
6:57 pm

Folks behind a screen are cowards!!!

TONETONE

September 9th, 2012
6:58 pm

BravesFaninBama………..I did see OVERBAY foul one into the stands. Why did the BRAVES go and sign this guy? They always seem to look for dead weight! This guy is just taking up a roster spot that one of the young kids from triple a could have had. What a waste!

JHarber

September 9th, 2012
7:00 pm

I am sorry, I did not see those comments but I will try to look them up. Tell Amber I will be thinking of her and you. You take care of yourself, and Amber. Hope to talk to you both later.

SMOLTZ 29

September 9th, 2012
7:26 pm

At the game today in Section 512, standing ovation from the 200-300 Braves fans in attendance today, when Chipper delivered the lineup card! Thought Francisco would challenge him in 9th, but wasn’t to be. Great day at Citi Field for Braves Nation! MERCY

PaulG

September 9th, 2012
8:15 pm

Incredible….Braves playing brilliantly & the blog is about amber…ahh, braves land….a wondrous place

PaulG

September 9th, 2012
8:19 pm

The aunt blabbys must be in crisis….McCann , uggly get hits, Hanson pitches ok, fredi seems rational, wrens looks like he knows what he is doing…….the world is falling……the earth may not be flat

Teddy B

September 9th, 2012
8:53 pm

Glad “Mmmm Bop” Hanson didn’t give up enough runs today to bury us early. He’s a problem, and I hope Fredi figures out an option to fix that problem from within. Honestly we’d have just as good or a better chance of winning with Teheran, Delgado. or Jurrgens pitching. If Ben Sheets isn’t done for the year he’d be an option as well.

Hanson just isn’t panning out to be the elite pitcher we were promised, I think this is due to his super-agent over hyping him all his young career. Now we can see what kinda bum he really is. Learn how to pitch Tommy, and stop losing or giving us no decisions. He’s our weak spot right now, Minor is looking surprisingly good and so is everyone else. Medlen and Hudson are almost sure things when they go out and start for us. Maholm is looking better and better.

Hanson is the guy I’d rather not have to start in Game 7 of a series if we make it that far. I’d rather not watch the slaughter because I already have a good idea on how that game would end. Hopefully if/when we get to a series this fall Fredi has enough brains to NOT START HANSON.

Teddy B

September 9th, 2012
9:00 pm

Its nice to see some signs of life from Uggla AND McCann at the same time! Who would’ve ever imagined that? I thought we were doomed for oh about all year. At least McCann has a legitimate reason to struggle with the shoulder, Uggla just has his huge contract imprinted on his mind and he is pressured to live up to it. Just play ball guys, don’t worry about money or anything. Just win games. Keep it rolling and finish strong!

AdirondackDave

September 9th, 2012
9:02 pm

Anybody know what Hanson’s fastball was clocked at today?

funny

September 9th, 2012
9:42 pm

bout 42mph………….lol

BrianW

September 9th, 2012
9:42 pm

josh

September 9th, 2012
9:49 pm

I think Amber Girl is a made up character, probably some 55 year old wierd-o, the same one who invented the Whisky River guy.

josh

September 9th, 2012
9:50 pm

Amber Girl will be back with a new name!

josey wales

September 9th, 2012
9:52 pm

Amber Girl is back already, her or his new name is Molly Moe.

POPS

September 9th, 2012
10:09 pm

Until you have proof, I suggest you mind your own business. How do I know who you are? I have kept quiet all day. I will tell you this . They are who they say they are. Yes they are related to Whiskey River. So unless you have proof , I suggest you shut the H… up. Thank you.

NorCal Brave

September 9th, 2012
10:37 pm

At last it appears all the guns are firing. Shaping up to be a sweet September.

POPS

September 9th, 2012
10:49 pm

I agree, I think they can still win division. Got to keep winning.

Spartygw

September 9th, 2012
11:35 pm

Now don’t throw away the momentum in Milwaukee.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

September 10th, 2012
2:58 am

POPS, WHATEVER YOU’RE SMOKIN’, SEND ME SOME, MUST BE AWESOME!

HAL

September 10th, 2012
7:54 am

i agree most on here hide behind there assumed charchters and i read ambers post with inteest she knows and cares as much about her braves as any of the self proclaimed experts who are in actuality a bunch of racist pigs lol

HAL

September 10th, 2012
7:56 am

marteens been our mvp for a good long time now and the flexabilty he gives managment will be even more evadent this winter instead of having too look for a third baseman mr wren can look for any good right hand hitter and just plug playdough in too the other spot

DonofAcworth

September 10th, 2012
8:55 am

Oh, oh, I’ve got grandkids in Milwaukee and they (the team) love to beat the Braves. You know something about Atlanta taking their team..LOL. And on the Prado thing. At least 90% of us fans know he is the key everyday player on the team, The writers like to type Jones, Freeman, Heyward, and McCann but it’s Prado and Bourn that turn the starter switch the most. Now guys…. all of you …. remember win the series, always.

POPS

September 10th, 2012
9:16 am

@Hal Thank you. In case you are wondering, I am Amber father. Molly and I are divorced.

double

September 10th, 2012
9:33 am

Errors & Excuses & complaining about made up names.I’m happy Braves are winning,could not care less if posters are imposters.

reckingball

September 10th, 2012
11:21 am

I think that everyone knows the value of Prado, to this team.
Although, I can’t understand why he was offered up for trade, during the off-season, by Frank Wren.
go braves

Barbara

September 10th, 2012
11:57 am

Who the heck cares whether Amber Girl is real or Molly or Pop are real I thought this was a place to vent our frustrations for our Braves. Braves just keep on doing what you have been doing in September and just maybe we can go on in October. Fredi please don’t put the team in jeopardy by using Kembril in any other role than closer

Buddy Landel

September 10th, 2012
12:26 pm

josh

September 9th, 2012
9:49 pm
I think Amber Girl is a made up character, probably some 55 year old wierd-o, the same one who invented the Whisky River guy.

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You are correct. Amber Girls is about one of a dozen names used by the same person. Those that converse with him look silly.

Buddy Landel

September 10th, 2012
12:26 pm

POPS

September 9th, 2012
10:09 pm
Until you have proof, I suggest you mind your own business. How do I know who you are? I have kept quiet all day. I will tell you this . They are who they say they are. Yes they are related to Whiskey River. So unless you have proof , I suggest you shut the H… up. Thank you.

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Add one more to the list…

Buddy Landel

September 10th, 2012
12:28 pm

POPS, Amber Girl, Angel Wings, Samantha, Molly Moe, Whiskey River…I’m sure I missed a half dozen or so.

Tumbledown

September 10th, 2012
12:30 pm

I would be pretty sad if one person made up all those names and hoisted this facade upon everyone here. Even if true, how did this family from Texas supposedly all become big fans of the Braves? What is the backstory?

Felix

September 10th, 2012
12:44 pm

Yee Ha!! Swept the Mutts!! Made my day yesterday!! Slept like a rock!!
And now Andrelton is back!!!

All is right with the world!!

………….and even Uggla is finally doing something.

Felix

September 10th, 2012
12:44 pm

Yee Ha!! Swept the Mutts!! Made my day yesterday!! Slept like a rock!!
And now Andrelton is back!!!

All is right with the world!!

………….and even Uggla is finally doing something.

Good Grief Charlie Brown

September 10th, 2012
12:50 pm

where is MetsRBest these days? got a little song just for you buddy:

*singing*
beat the mets, beat the mets….c’mon out and SWEEP the mets! :-)

Buddy Landel

September 10th, 2012
1:10 pm

Tumbledown

September 10th, 2012
12:30 pm
I would be pretty sad if one person made up all those names and hoisted this facade upon everyone here. Even if true, how did this family from Texas supposedly all become big fans of the Braves? What is the backstory?

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I’m not sure, but maybe the family dog will log on and tell us.

reckingball

September 10th, 2012
1:12 pm

@11:57……..”I thought that this was a place to vent our frustrations for our Braves.”
It seems to be just that, for a whole lot of folks.
Most of them are not here today(as the Braves have a winning streak going).haha.
go braves

reckingball

September 10th, 2012
1:22 pm

@12:28pm……..Don’t forget Tommy and Andy, a couple that were in the witness protection, who were under the supervission of Whiskey River(who was a retired detective). haha
Also New Mexico Lee.
And then there is, afan, who shows up everytime one of the other ones appear, one and the same. hahaa.

Brandon

September 10th, 2012
1:34 pm

Agreed reckingball

Brandon

September 10th, 2012
1:36 pm

I was referring to the 1:12 post…I know nothing about the 1:22 post haha

Samantha

September 10th, 2012
2:29 pm

OK you think this is who I am. So I will give you what you want. YOU ARE ALL WRONG. Died you ever consider that this family is real. But of course whatever,, You say is right. Are you happy Mr Budddy Landel. Think what you want BUT YOU ARE WRONG.

Buddy Landel

September 10th, 2012
2:39 pm

No, “Samantha”, according to, your other screen name Whiskey River, you are just a skank he shipped off to rehab. You weren’t in the “family”.

Samantha

September 10th, 2012
2:43 pm

Nobody said I was part of family. I said that family is real,but you believe what you want. YOU ARE WRONG> THAT FAMILY IS REAL. Yes I am in rehab. IF I AM REALLY SAMANTHA>

Samantha

September 10th, 2012
2:48 pm

Ok Angel wings is not real Andy and tommy not real. Samantha not real. Whiskey River-real, Amber-real Molly moe-real,POPS ? There is the truth,but you believe what you want too because you are all mr high and mighty that knows it all.

Samantha

September 10th, 2012
3:11 pm

What’s the matter Mr Know it all. Where’s your concern now. You thought you know it all. You are wrong. Maybe mind your own business you might learn something.

Tumbledown

September 10th, 2012
4:05 pm

Sorry baseball fans. I should stick to discussing Braves baseball, and I know I should not ask this. But can someone explain why has all this drama played out on this blog? What is the point? I enjoyed Whiskey River’s postings and was genuinely saddened at his passing, assuming it really happened.

Back to the Braves. Is anyone concerned that the Phillies might eek out a playoff spot? They are playing quite well as of late, and the other wild card contenders are scuffling a bit.

Samantha

September 10th, 2012
4:14 pm

Hello, Tumbledown Sorry for the interruption. Whiskey River was real, Amber is real,Mollie Moe is real, All the rest are fake including Samantha. Just getting record straight although Mr Buddy Landel does’nt believe it. Sorry for the interruption.

Samantha

September 10th, 2012
4:14 pm

Hello, Tumbledown Sorry for the interruption. Whiskey River was real, Amber is real,Mollie Moe is real, All the rest are fake including Samantha. Just getting record straight although Mr Buddy Landel does’nt believe it. Sorry for the interruption.

Samantha

September 10th, 2012
4:14 pm

Hello, Tumbledown Sorry for the interruption. Whiskey River was real, Amber is real,Mollie Moe is real, All the rest are fake including Samantha. Just getting record straight although Mr Buddy Landel does’nt believe it. Sorry for the interruption.

Quack Quack

September 10th, 2012
4:21 pm

So, if Samantha is fake, who is you??

Samantha

September 10th, 2012
4:21 pm

If you want to know who I am, ask Buddy Landell. I am sure he can’t mind his own business and will tell you. No the Phillies will not be a wildcard team.

Barbara

September 10th, 2012
4:22 pm

Why don’t you cut out all the bull s— and use this site for what it is meant for. GO BRAVES

Samantha

September 10th, 2012
4:24 pm

Hello Quack Quack You know who I am. I am a woman that you know. Thank you.

Quack Quack

September 10th, 2012
4:27 pm

@ Barbara….That’s what I’m talking about. Welcome back Simba!!

Hello Baby Girl!!

GO BRAVES!!!

Amber Girl

September 10th, 2012
4:34 pm

Hello everyone, Welcome back Simba. Let’s keep winning streak alive Go Braves!!!

Quack Quack

September 10th, 2012
4:50 pm

Hi Miss Amber. A lot of drama on here today. Yeah or no?

Amber Girl

September 10th, 2012
5:00 pm

@Mr Quack Quack Sorry about that, I was just giving everyone what they wanted to hear and also setting the story straight. Sorry about that. Let’s go Braves!!!

Tumbledown

September 10th, 2012
5:11 pm

Why did Whiskey River ardently defend the existence of Samantha if she did not exist?

Amber Girl

September 10th, 2012
5:22 pm

Because that is what everyone wanted to hear. He was a sick man. Trying to talk about Braves. At that time samantha and New Mexico Lee was going on. He was trying to keep Samantha alive to get them away from his secret. Is that sufficient, Lets go Braves!!!

Amber Girl

September 10th, 2012
5:22 pm

Because that is what everyone wanted to hear. He was a sick man. Trying to talk about Braves. At that time samantha and New Mexico Lee was going on. He was trying to keep Samantha alive to get them away from his secret. Is that sufficient, Lets go Braves!!!

Tumbledown

September 10th, 2012
5:28 pm

Sure, no more questions. Back to Braves talk.

Amber Girl

September 10th, 2012
5:44 pm

I think definitely Simmons will help. Not taking anything away from Janish but Simba has better bat. Sorry again everyone about the drama. Now it is time to go Braves!!!

Buddy Landel

September 10th, 2012
6:09 pm

Molly Moe

September 9th, 2012
11:25 am

@Brandon I know you don’t know me, but I am Amber Girl Mother. She has read all the comments from last night and it made her cry. She will not be back
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promises, promises

Quack Quack

September 10th, 2012
6:17 pm

No doubt Simba will bring fire to the entire team. I hope Uggla & BMac keep on keeping on. If everybody clicks at the right time we will be unbeatable!!

I never thought I would say this, but GO METS!! I hope they are real pi$$ed about the sweep, and take it out on the Gnats. ;-)

GO BRAVES!!!

Quack Quack

September 10th, 2012
6:18 pm

Hey Buddy, don’t you have some homework to do?

john poppadappagoppoulas

September 10th, 2012
6:22 pm

“There’s no crying in baseball”

Buddy Landel

September 10th, 2012
6:24 pm

Quack Quack- You converse with the same person using many different names. You are slow on the take. I bet the sweatpants wearin’ truckdriver behind all those names is laughing with all his friend (yes, just one) about how foolish some of you are to believe him.

Amber Girl

September 10th, 2012
6:25 pm

@Mr Quack Quack Buddy is still trying to find his girlfriend SAMANTHA. Go Braves!!!

Quack Quack

September 10th, 2012
6:36 pm

Being a cyber bully must mean you have a pretty dismal life. Hope you get better soon.

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